Past se­cu­rity breaches at Buck­ing­ham Palace


Buck­ing­ham Palace has had sev­eral se­cu­rity breaches. The most se­ri­ous breach came in March 1982 when Michael Fa­gan broke into the Queen’s bed­room at the palace. She woke to find him sit­ting on her bed. And in 1981, Mar­cus Sar­jeant, 17, fired six blank shots at the Queen at the Troop­ing the Colour cer­e­mony. In 1990, Stephen Gould­ing was jailed for three months af­ter break­ing into palace grounds in 1990. He claimed he was Prince An­drew Wind­sor and de­clared the Queen was his “mum”.

In 1992, an in­truder walked into St James’s Palace and downed a whisky in Princess Alexan­dra’s pri­vate apart­ment. And in 1994, a naked paraglider landed on the roof of Buck­ing­ham Palace. Amer­i­can James Miller was fined £200 and de­ported. In 1995, stu­dent John Gil­lard rammed the palace gates in his car at 80 kmph, tear­ing one off its hinges. In 2003, an un­der­cover re­porter from the Daily Mir­ror got a job as a foot­man at the palace.

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